GE’s spacemaker microwaves are common in kitchens. They save space by being installed right into the kitchen. But like all electronics they can go bad or become outdated, thus they need replacement.
How to remove GE Spacemaker microwave?
Removing a GE spacemaker microwave is easy. All you’ll need is a wrench, a screwdriver, and someone’s help. Have the other person hold the microwave, while you undo the bolts. Once the bolts are off you can lift the microwave off of the brackets. And then you can take the brackets off the wall.
In short, that’s how you remove a GE spacemaker. Keep reading for a more thorough guide on the process.
Removing a GE Spacemaker Microwave
The process of removing the GE Spacemaker microwave is very intuitive. To make it even easier for you to follow along, I’ll break the process down.
Step 1: Initiating the Removal Process
Start by doing some prep work for the removal process. The first thing to do is to cut the power to the oven. For maximum safety, I suggest flipping the circuit breaker for the oven.
Next, you should unplug the power cord. It’ll be connected to an outlet at the back of the cabinet above the microwave. So, open the cabinet, disconnect the wire and pull it out through the entry hole.
Later on you might need to reset the microwave after unplugging it from the power source.
And, lastly, you’ll need to disassemble the ventilation assembly. This will prevent damage to the wall or cabinet.
Step 2: Removing the Oven
Once the prep work is done, it’s time to remove the oven from its housing. But first you need to call in another person to hold the oven in place. These ovens can be very heavy and could easily injure you.
Have the assistant hold the oven while you unscrew the bolts keeping the oven in place. Only remove the bolts entirely when you’re certain the oven is being supported by the assistant.
After the bolts are out, help your assistant in lowering the front of the oven slowly. On reaching about 45°, you’ll be able to lift the microwave off the brackets. Since you had passed the power cord through before, the oven should come right out.
Step 3: Taking off the Mounting Brackets
Lastly, you’ll want to remove the mounting gear. Mounting brackets differ from model to model. Hence, to install a new oven you’ll need to take out the existing mounting bracket.
The bracket is held in place by 4 screws. Unscrew all four screws. While you unscrew the bracket, have your assistant hold the bracket. When all 4 screws are out, take off the bracket.
Make note of the studs in the wall. These will be useful when putting in a new oven.
You can remove your oven following these steps. Once you’ve taken out the oven, tape the outlet to keep it safe for children. Now come the steps for putting in a new oven.
Installing a New Microwave Oven
Putting in a new oven is just as easy as taking it out. There are a few extra steps though.
Step 1: Purchasing a New Oven
You’ll first need to get a new oven. When getting a new oven make sure the physical dimensions match those of the housing. For that, I suggest getting one that is similar in dimension to your existing one.
Alternatively, you can get one of these models:
|Toshiba Microwave Oven with Smart Sensor||Has eco friendly mode and child safety lock|
|Amazon Basics Microwave||Compact sized oven with child lock|
These will offer excellent bang for your buck and last you a long time.
Step 2: Checking the Outlet
Microwave ovens are heavy equipment. They pull a lot of power from the wall. You’ll need a dedicated outlet for high-power ovens. Putting any oven on a shared circuit is a risk, especially wall-mounted ones.
So, check to see if your oven’s outlet is on a dedicated circuit or not. If it’s on a dedicated circuit it will have a separate circuit breaker. On the off chance, it isn’t on a dedicated circuit, you should put it on one.
Step 3: Installing the Bracket
Get the mounting gear for the new oven out. Then, have your assistant hold it in place while you screw in the bolts. Use the studs already in the wall to make the process easier.
Step 4: Putting the New Oven In
With the bracket in place it’s time to mount the oven. First, pass the power cord through the hole at the bottom of the cabinet. Then, angle the oven forward and slide it onto the bracket.
Once it’s on the bracket, push it back till it’s flush with the housing. Now, have it held in place and screw the bolts at the bottom of the cabinet. This will fix the oven in place. Now, you can attach the venting assembly.
Finally, plug the oven in, switch on the circuit breaker and you’re good to go.
Question: Can the microwave overheat inside the housing?
Answer: Yes. The microwave can easily overheat inside the housing. Since ovens run hot, they need adequate ventilation. In the case of a wall-mounted microwave, the ventilation assembly needs to be properly attached.
Question: Can a microwave be plugged into an extension cord?
Answer: It depends. If the extension cord is meant for heavy-duty appliances, you can plug in a microwave. Otherwise, you can’t plug in a microwave. The high power draw of a microwave will trip normal extension cords.
Question: Can the power cord on a microwave be replaced?
Answer: Yes, it can. But, you should not try to do so yourself. Microwave ovens are intricate equipment. They have many components. If you’re inexperienced you might end up damaging one component while tinkering with another.
Now you’re clear on how to remove GE spacemaker microwave. I’ve detailed the process and divided it into steps for your convenience.
Aside from these steps, you should remember to loop the power cord through the bracket. That’ll shorten the cable slack. You don’t want too much cable slack inside the cabinet.
That’s all from us, folks. Goodbye!